Continue Reading... Green lubrication and microstructure design to enhance wear resistance

Green lubrication and microstructure design to enhance wear resistance

Increasing the lifespan of different tribosensitive components while reducing environmental impacts is becoming a more important area of research. A possible approach to solving this issue is the use of solid lubricants to enhance the wear resistance of different components. Another approach is the use of “green or environmental” fluids for enhancing lubrication where removing or decreasing the use of ecotoxic oils for lubrication is the goal. Another answer is by using components that are wear-resistant through enhanced microstructure design.
Challenges facing the use of solid lubricants include:
•  Low mechanical strength
•  Limited temperature applicability
•  High application costs.
Andy Nieto, assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., says reducing friction and effectively dissipating frictional heating are key mechanisms in reducing wear. Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials are one possible approach for solid lubricants that create protective surface layers as solid-state lubricants.

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Continue Reading... CSRWire – Schneider Electric Joins Forces With The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group To Fuel A Bright Sustainable Future For The Emirate

CSRWire – Schneider Electric Joins Forces With The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group To Fuel A Bright Sustainable Future For The Emirate

Schneider Electric has become the latest member of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG), the capital’s leading initiative to champion sustainability issues for both government and the private sector. Schneider Electric and the ADSG will share knowledge on the latest research and solutions for topics such as carbon emissions reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Schneider Electric will also support the ADSG in key focus areas including youth engagement and sustainability reporting. Both entities will work side by side to promote a greener future for the UAE’s capital. Established by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 2008, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) is an exclusive public private partnership initiative that brings together UAE-based organizations with global thought leaders to discuss both global and local sustainability trends and drive co-operation and co-responsibility on sustainability issues.

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Continue Reading... Using microorganisms to appraise water quality within minutes | Envirotec

Using microorganisms to appraise water quality within minutes | Envirotec

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) say they have demonstrated a technology that rapidly detects pollutants in water by measuring their impacts on swimming microorganisms. Their proof-of-concept, published in Scientific Reports, does not require any chemicals, reagents or laboratory equipment. Instead, it leverages the regular camera of a smartphone as well as microorganisms called Paramecia that are ubiquitous in water bodies–making it especially suitable for assessing water drinkability in underdeveloped regions.

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